For Christmas Danny treated me to a 4 night break over New Year in Paris – I couldn’t contain my excitement. I was planning for the days leading upto it the sights we would see, and getting recommendations on where to go from family and friends. Keep reading to find out what we got upto and any recommendations.
For me a holiday starts at the airport – no matter what time it is.
We always get parked up and checked in then head for some food (on this occasion it was breakfast) We was flying from Terminal 3 which is one we have never been in before and it is smaller than the other I thought. Still enough choice of somewhere to eat and get some duty free shopping (of course it would have been rude of me not to buy some make up!)
We flew with Air France and the flight was just over an hour long. We got a free muffin and drink of our choice, hot / cold or alcohol (of course we chose a rose wine)
On arrival at the airport we collected our luggage and we had a driver waiting to take us to the hotel and what an experience that was!!! Terrifying……..
The driver was speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, cars were flashing at the driver and honking at us, one even chased us to rage at the driver. Not a great start to the trip or a pleasant experience but we made it to the hotel in one piece!
We stayed at the Majestic Hotel & Spa and it was lovely. Very welcoming and the staff were really friendly and helpful and spoke good English.
We got checked in and went to see our room. The hotel is down a side street so no views from any of the room but we wasn’t too bothered about that as we would be going exploring in the next few days.
By the time we had checked in and got unpacked – we decided to go for a wander and find somewhere to eat that night and round the corner we saw the Eiffel Tower all lit up. We found a nice restaurant that had some pizza and pasta so we decided to eat there and call it a night early ready for a full day of sightseeing the next day.
30th Dec 2017
Today we set off to do some sightseeing – we had a list of what we wanted to see and worked out we would have to do it over 2 days so I had planned out what we could see today.
Arc de Triomphe was at the end of the main road near our hotel so we went there first. The queue was quite small to walk upto the top so we decided to go to the top. I think it cost €12 each. It was over 200 steps to the top but the views from the top were really nice and you could see for miles around Paris.
There is a bit of history near the top inside the building but we wasn’t overally interested in that and a lot of it was in French!
Next stop was the Eiffel Tower. It was only a short walk away (about 25 mins) and there was a lot of queues when we got there. You can pre book your tickets to go to the 1st or 2nd floor but if you want to go right to the top (somet) then you need to book on the day as this can be shut due to the weather.
The first queue we got in was to go through security. There are then other queues for you to join to get tickets for the tower. The security queue we was in for about 20 mins but the ones for tickets we was in for about 1.5 hour. It was worth the wait though. We got told in the queue that the top was closed due to the wind which disappointed us as we really wanted to go to the top, but when we got to the front of the line they advised it was open which was a nice surprise. Tickets for this cost us €25 per person.
You can walk to the 1st and 2nd floor or get the lift – as we was going straight to the top first we got the lift up (as you cant walk all the way) it was very cold and windy but the views were amazing. We treated ourselves to a glass of champagne at the top (€17 per glass!!) and took some amazing photos. We then got the lift down to the 2nd floor to have a look around and we walked down to the first floor which has a glass bottom section, and got the lift back down to the bottom once we had finished.
We then took a walk down Ave Champs Elysees and did some shopping (after all it would be rude not too) There is some pics of what I bought on my Instagram and can go into more details in another post if you want me to
31st Dec 2017 – New Years Eve
Today we had planned to do some more sight seeing and decided to get the metro. I looked on google maps where we needed to go (which told me the metro station I needed to get from A to B) I could not have got around Paris without google maps – it’s a life saver! The metro was so easy to use (nothing like in England!) we got on and off at the stop we needed and it was an easy journey. First stop was the Louvre and it was right outside the metro station. We took some lovely photos and was going to go and look round inside but the queue was so big we decided not to as we was only there for a short time we wanted to do some more exploring. We had a small wander around the area where the Lourve was and then hoped back on the metro to our next station to go and see Notre Dame.
We grabbed a starbucks on the way to keep us warm. We aren’t people that are really interested in churches etc but we was told to go and visit so we walked from the station to Notre Dame and took some photos before going for a wander in the town as it looked busy and full of people and shops.
We wanted to go and see Sacre Couer but as we had already seen it from the top of Arc De Triomphe and didn’t really have the time to go another 2 metro rides to get there we decided not too. I was told it was amazing and a go to place to see if you do ever go to Paris.
We then went back to the hotel to change and go and find somewhere to eat before seeing in the new year. A lot of the restaurants were fully booked due to the time of year but we found one that we ate at on the first night and decided to go back as we had a lovely meal. We then decided to go and find a spot where we could see the Tower to bring in the new year. It was cold and we was stood outside for around 3 hours. We was slightly disappointed in the fact that nothing happened at the tower for NYE. We should have gone to Arc de Triomphe (at the end of our road) where they had lights, fireworks and a countdown! As it is at the end of Champs Elysees they have a lot going on (although we didn’t know this and didn’t find much information of this on the internet before hand!)
We still had an amazing night seeing in the new year in PARIS!
1st Jan 2018
Cold and wet today and a lot of shops were closed, so we spent a lot of the day relaxing in the hotel before venturing out for some lunch when the rain stopped. As it was our final night we went to try and find a different restaurant to eat dinner and there was one at the other end of our road (there is so much about and something different around every corner) so we ate there and had some lovely cocktails to end a perfect mini break away.
The next day we got collected at lunch time to be taken to the airport and the driver that collected us was a much more relaxing and calm driver so was a pleasant drive to the airport!
Would I recommend Paris. 100%
Would I return YES indeed
We loved every moment of it and I cant wait to go back one day.